The Mississippi Department of Education is likely to add 27 contract employees to help local schools improve teaching.
The state Board of Education discussed the $2.8 million initiative at its work session Thursday and is likely to vote to approve it Friday.
Observers including a legislative watchdog committee have noted that the state department traditionally has been more of regulator than an organization that directly works to improve educational outcomes.
State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright says the effort will expand instructional aid.
Chief Deputy State Superintendent Dr. Kim Benton says the effort will focus on literacy, math, language arts and early childhood learning. She says it's designed in part to help districts make the switch to the Common Core state standards.
The University of Mississippi will administer the budget for the effort.